15-30 Pound Bluefin in December in US Waters – Fishing Charters San Diego

60 Mile Bank San Diego 
The bluefin action this morning is once again wide open. Limits of 15 to 30lb bluefin are easy to come by for the boats anchored up on the High Spot at 32.04 x 118.15. The great fishing started just before sunrise and was pretty much going full speed with limits being reported as early as 8am.
Guys there is nothing new to report about this. Yes, it sounds like a broken record but this is what is happening. Same deal for almost a month now….

Repost of tactics and techniques:

The boats that are doing best are setting up on the anchor in 330 to 350 feet of water right on top of the high spot and running long steady chum lines to draw in the fish.
Guys who prefer to drift or slow troll sardines are doing best just to the south and in to the east along the edges of the Bank.
The bait is either sardine or live squid. Both are working well.
Since the average size of the bluefin tuna is 15 to 30lbs your best bet is to drop down to 20-25lb test fluorocarbon with the sardine and 30lb with the live squid. Even 15lb isn’t to light when the fish are picky
Of course if they go stupid you can fish heavier line.

Be sure and bring that heavier gear!

Bring a 40lb outfit in case they go wide open or for those bigger grade bluefin and bring an 80 to 100lb outfit just in case those really big bluefin come through.
Hook size would be something like a #2 or a #1 J hook with the sardine. 2/0 to 3/0 for the circle hooks.
When fishing squid you can use a larger hook since you bury the hook in the bait. Try a 2/0 to 3/0 J hook or a 3/0 to even a 5/0 circle hook.
Hearing that a few bluefin are also biting the Flat-fall jigs but nearly all are in the grey light of morning and pretty much none after the sun comes up.

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